February 2011

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Gerd Arntz Memory Game

gerd arntz

I just downloaded the Gerd Arntz memory app and I’m giving it a test spin. The game contains 250 from the more than 4,000 pictograms Gerd Arntz drew between 1928 and 1965, and were scanned from the original prints in the Arntz archive of the Municipal Museum The Hague.

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The King’s 6th Finger by Jolby

jolby, illustration, usa

Portland based design and illustration duo Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols, better known as Jolby, have published a new children’s book titled The King’s 6th Finger. A collaborative effort between Jolby and Rachel Roellke, the book revolves around King Mortimer and his obsessive compulsion around the number five. Everything in his kingdom revolves around this cardinal number, until the day he grows a 6th finger. His world is then turned upside down, and he is left decide the fate of not only his finger, but his kingdom.

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Micah Lidberg

Micah Lidberg

Micah Lidberg is an amazing young illustrator with an incredible portfolio. What really caught my attention is the fact that he also manages to seamlessly incorporate type into his intensely detailed compositions, and does so with the skill of a seasoned letterer. Since Micah has already been named a Young Gun by the ADC and featured in many prestigious magazines, he is definitely one to watch. I predict great things from him in the future!

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Jelle Martens

Jelle Martens

Jelle Martens is a young image-maker from Gent, Belgium. He creates highly geometric and minimal work, borrowing much inspiration from the roots of his not so ancient ancestors. I really enjoy these simple shape and collage experiments most out of his work. They have a very striking and organic feeling to them, and are like precursors to logotypes. More work is also viewable at his Flickr.

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Mark Brooks

mark brooks

I’m really digging the deceptively minimal work of Mark Brooks. The illustrations are sparse and the images full of contrast, and I feel that the concept quality is top notch. For example, whatever is happening with the exploding — or shattering — giraffe below is amazing.

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Total Design and its pioneering role in graphic design

total design

Another exciting release from the fine folks over at Unit Editions.

TD 63-73: Total Design and its pioneering role in graphic design is a unique insider’s account of the evolution of Total Design, one of the most important and influential design groups in the history of visual design.

Written by Ben Bos, a key member of the studio, the book describes how a group of idealistic Dutch designers came together to form a multidisciplinary design studio that helped shape the future of graphic design.

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Brecht Vandenbroucke

Brecht Vandenbroucke, illustration, Belgium

Brecht Vandenbroucke is a Belgian based artist and illustrator that I can’t get enough of. His narrative work is bright, bold, humorous, and torturous at times. This print, titled “Sounds to Learn…,” is incredibly captivating with its vibrant colors and images of a hurly burly gentleman nervously rocking out on guitar. Originally created for the Finnish comic art studio Kuti Kuti, this print is absolutely drool-worthy, much like Brecht’s other work.

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50 and 50 / State Mottos Project

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Massachusetts / Mark Weaver

50 and 50 is America’s design project. This wonderful curation brings together 50 of our nation’s most talented and patriotic designers and pairs them with their home state. With the state motto as their inspiration, these designers take those words and engrain them into a 625×492 pixel canvas, giving us a unique perspective into our great land.

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Ryohei Kojima

Ryohei Kojima

I am excited by my recent discovery of award-winning Japanese designer, Ryohei Kojima. Ryohei worked at Light Publicity Ltd,  Japan’s first creative agency, for many years before opening his own studio in 1975. Like Charles Harper, he was a master at crafting beautiful imagery by deconstructing his subjects down to their simplest forms.

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I Heart Milton Glaser

milton glaser

Here’s a special treat for Valentine’s Day. The BBC has just released a 30-minute radio documentary entitled I Heart Milton Glaser. The program includes audio snippets of Glaser as well as his contemporaries as they discuss the history and impact of the now iconic I ♥ NY design.

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Darren Booth

darren booth

I was recently introduced to the work of Darren Booth. His artful mix of painting and typographic forms is different and in a lot of ways exciting to see. Darren has worked with an incredible list of clients, including Penguin Books, Target, AOL, The New York Times among many others, and has managed to keep a clear, consistent style throughout each project in his portfolio.

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Trademark™ / Tim Lahan

Tim Lahan, illustration, USA

Trademark is the design studio of New York based artist Tim Lahan. With an eye for bright colors, junk food, and witty puns, Tim’s simple straightforward illustrations, letters, and logos are captivating, humorous, and sure to brighten your spirits. His work is versatile as he experiments in an array of formats including clay and moving images. Bottom line: for a fun time, count on Tim.

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New Work by Patrick Hruby

patrick hruby, illustration, usa
Los Angeles based illustrator Patrick Hruby has created a new series of work based on an unpublished short story titled “The Archipelago,” written by his boyfriend Seth Stewart. “The Archipelago” tells the story of a strange phenomenon called The Forgetting affecting the chain of islands that make up the archipelago. In order to prevent The Forgetting, each island tells a tale to preserve its artifacts, history, and memory. Patrick illustrates this story beautifully with his signature use of punchy colors and geometric forms, creating his interpretations of islands, its wayward inhabitants, and their belongings.

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Simon Walker

grain edit / simon walker

The above (and below) typographic wizardry is brought to you by Simon Walker. I’m a total sucker for typographic compositions of this nature, and Simon has them in spades. Viewing his typographic and compositional skills paired with his bold, grungy take on Americana is an absolute delight.

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Sue Doeksen

Sue Doeksen

Hailing from the Netherlands, illustrator Sue Doeksen creates wonderful worlds that are overpopulated with bright colors and friendly shapes, with mediums ranging from physical, digital, pencil-drawn, paper-cut, and animated. Judging from the massive amounts of blissfully exciting work on her blog, Sue is clearly one of those artists that doesn’t give up: most likely because she can’t stop creating.

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Rhodesia was Super Serigraph

derek yaniger

Korero books recently collaborated with Derek Yaniger again and the result is a new Serigraph entitled “Rhodesia was Super“. This four color silk-screened print is based off a travel slogan from the 1970s and is limited to an edition of 100. All profits will be donated to the Zimbabwe Agricultural Welfare Trust, a charity which seeks to provide support for the beleaguered agricultural community in Zimbabwe.

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Yehteh

yehteh

Zurich, Switzerland based Philipp Dornbierer, a.k.a. Yehteh, is a digital illustrator and designer. Philipp has a great way of basing his work around rather doomy symbolism, such as swords and hooded executioners, but juxtaposes them with bright colors, pleasing patterns, and some friendlier icons to create joyfully accessible imagery. Some of my favorites include his collaborations with stateside’s Andy J. Miller. With a client list including Carhartt, IBM, and 55DSL, I think we can expect to see a lot more great things from this guy in the near future.

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Hvass & Hannibal

Hvass&Hannibal, contemporary, illustration

Hvass & Hannibal is a Copenhagen based multi-disciplinary arts and design studio founded by Nan Na Hvass and Sofie Hannibal. Their work is highly imaginative as it creates alternate environments featuring multitudes of patterns paired with geometric shapes, colorful forms and enchanting creatures. Not only does the dynamic duo create illustrations and graphics, but they also immerse themselves in a spectrum of mediums ranging from three-dimensional work ranging from interior and set design to intricate artworks made up of various materials such as painted wood.
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Alonzo Felix

alonzo felix

Truly lovely typographic work from Mr. Alonzo Felix. He has a remarkable grasp of these letterforms and can pair them nicely with wit and whimsy. The flourishes on the piece below as well as the L, further down, feel especially balanced and help add to the tight compositions.

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